Lyndale offers free home lighting

"The Lyndale Home Safety Lighting Grant," a program sponsored by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, hopes illumination will keep criminals at bay.

Neighborhood residents can be reimbursed for up to $350 if they install motion detectors and spotlights in the front or back of their homes. To be eligible, they must first attend a home security demonstration.

Minneapolis Police Officer Catherine Casey said the demonstration will teach residents how to keep burglars way from their homes by pinning windows, reinforcing locks and installing lights designed to protect homes from being robbed. "Criminals don’t like to be seen or heard. Lighting up your home makes it safer," Casey said.

Program funds came from a $15,000 grant from the state’s Office of Justice Program.

The 5th Precinct’s Civilian Crime Prevention/SAFE unit demonstrates the products at the precinct’s Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Ave. S. The one-hour demonstrations will be presented Monday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Funds are limited and must be spent by December. Applicants must be members of the Lyndale neighborhood. For more information, call Kristine Danzinger at 824-9402.